Antioxidants, Herbal Medicine

Antioxidants, either exogenous or endogenous, whether synthetic or natural, can be effective inpreventing free radical formation by scavenging them or promoting their decomposition andsuppressing such disorders. Currently, there is a growing interest toward naturalantioxidants of herbal resources. Epidemiological and in vitro studies on medicinal plantsand vegetables strongly supported this idea that plant constituents with antioxidant activity arecapable of exerting protective effects against oxidative stress in biological systems. Freeradical formation is controlled naturally by various beneficial compounds known as
antioxidants. In addition to fruits and vegetables, herbs of no particular nutritional value canalso constitute an important source of antioxidants. The leaves from black and green tea(Camellia sinensis), long used amongst western and Asian populations, respectively, constitutean important source of potentially health-protecting antioxidants and world-widerepresent the most popular form of daily herb consumption



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